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The Fourth Kind (2009)

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A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbey Tyler / Herself
Deputy Ryan
Mia McKenna-Bruce ...
Cindy Stracinski
Tyne Rafaeli ...
Paul Stefanov ...
Timothy Fisher (as Pavel Stefanov)
Kiera McMaster ...
Joe Fisher
Sara Houghton ...


In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

alien | alaska | owl | abduction | patient | See All (78) »


There are four kinds of alien encounters. The fourth kind is abduction. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contactos de cuarto tipo  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£851,476 (UK) (6 November 2009)


$25,464,480 (USA) (1 January 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "real" Dr. Abigail Tyler was played by the actress Charlotte Milchard. In the end credits she appears credited as Dr. Abigail Tyler and in the final cast list with her real name but as one of the "Nome Resident". See more »


In the film, there is a sheriff and deputies who provide police service to Tyler's home. This is wrong, as Nome has a police department and there are no sheriffs in the state of Alaska. See more »


[first lines]
Abbey Tyler: I'm actress Milla Jovovich, and I will be portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind. This film is a dramatization of events that occurred October 1st through the 9th of 2000, in the Northern Alaskan town of Nome. To better explain the events of this story, the director has included actual archived footage throughout the film. This footage was acquired from Nome psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who has personally documented over 65 hours of video and audio materials during the ...
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Crazy Credits

Over the closing credits; there are a series of radio interviews with eyewitness to close encounters of the first to fourth kind See more »


References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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User Reviews

are you sure the fourth kind isn't just a boring hoax?
29 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, The story is supposed to be a true documented case of a psychologist, that recorded interviews, to get to the bottom of disappearances of people in a small Alaskan town, including her husband. It combines so called "found footage" interview tapes with acted dramatizations of a true story, and the perpetrators seem to be visitors from another world.

First, the whole true story aspect was a hoax. The only records found about any of this was a few references that the studio production crew themselves fabricated a few months before the movie was released.

This movie could have been fairly decent. I don't think Milla Jovovich is a horrible actress, and she was just OK in this one. The biggest problem with this film isn't the story or the hoax perpetrated on the public. It was this horrible disease a lot of film makers suffer from known as "found footage" syndrome. This syndrome has infected Hollywood like a venereal disease on a third world countries hookers. It kills all sense of decent film making and subjects the viewing population to dizziness, decreased standards, and false hopes that someday their own youtube movies will make it to the big screen. I blame that stupid "The Blair Witch Project," and can't wait for Hollywood to crash this train and move on.

The premise here is OK, and in the first 10 minutes or so the found footage aspect is a novelty, but when you realize you are going to have to put up with it the whole movie it quickly wears thin.

As an actress I have no idea why Milla Jovovich keeps making such bad movies. For some reason I think she turns down movies that play on her beauty and sexiness to somehow act as if she wants to be taken seriously, but it doesn't work, so come on, Milla, you are a beautiful girl, embrace it and stop giving up this B movie crap.

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